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Great Is Your Faithfulness
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
Lamentations is one of the most tragic books in the Bible. It starts with: “How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she who was great among the nations! She who was a princess among the provinces has become a slave. She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her” (Lam. 1:1-2).
The book is related to Babylon’s destruction of Jerusalem. The author most likely personally witnessed the devastation and death that happened during the invasion. Those who were still alive were taken captive and deported to Babylon.
In the third chapter we read: “I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light.” He continued: “. . . though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer” (Lam. 3:1, 8). Nevertheless, this book has some of the most comforting verses in the Bible. God’s able to give hope amidst the most difficult circumstances.
As his soul was bowed down within him, he called the greatest reality to mind—even far greater than the destruction, devastation, and death He experienced. That gave him hope amidst his inconceivable hurt and pain: “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope” (Lam. 3:21). What was it? What gave Him hope? They are today’s verses.
While it’s true that Jerusalem had rightly deserved God’s divine judgment for her sins and backslidings, it’s also true that “the steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,” and that “his mercies never come to an end.” God’s steadfast love, His mercies, and His faithfulness were the only lights amidst his darkness—glorious lights that expel any kind of darkness.
What about us? While we may not experience the same as the author of Lamentations, we can still face horrible circumstances. What’s our hope? Will we be able to soar above what we see to what’s unseen? Will we be able to say the same? God as our eternal portion is able to give genuine comfort and hope amidst the severest hurt and pain.
Heavenly Father, thank You that Your steadfast love never ceases for me.
The Devotional Writer
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